What’s new…

October Throwdown Poster

 

 

Here’s something new and fun for you!

True Fitness Challenge

Get strong and fit just in time for summer and then start it off with a trip to Kelowna on July 4-5, 2015. Introducing the new ‘True Fitness Challenge’. For more information, team meeting will be held on Saturday, February 21 at 9:00 am. For even more information, please visit: truefitnesschallenge.com

True Fitness Challenge - July 2015

Class Changes for February 2015

Effective February 1, 2015. CrossFit On-Ramp will be changing to CrossFit On-Ramp/Intro. This means all beginners are welcome to come to this class! No more manditory 10 sessions. You get to hang out in the beginner class until the coach “passes” you onto the regular classes. If you want to progress quickly, please attend two weeks in a row and have your skill set assessed by the coach.

Welcome, everyone, to CrossFit On-Ramp/Intro!

 

Q99 Let’s Make a Deal WINNERS!!!

Congrats to the two winners of a 1 year unlimited combo membership. Kim and Jarrid we look forward to spending the next year with you.

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Back by popular demand!

Valentine’s Buddy Training is back. Buy 20 buddy training sessions for $700.00 + GST. Available for the month of February only.

Happy Valentine’s Day from VO2Max.

 

Valentines Buddy Training Feb 2015

 

VO2Max is excited to be a part of Q99’s Let’s Make a Deal for 2015

Between now and January 26th, come bid on one of two annual combo memberships at VO2Max.  Bidding closes Monday, January 26 at 5:00 pm.

2015 Let's Make a Deal

Zulu Challenge Training is about to begin. 

Get ready for Zulu right here at VO2Max!

Zulu information meeting tomorrow, Friday, January 9 at 8:00 pm.  Meet Jen Roach at VO2Max to hear about the Zulu race and training plans.

Two day per week training begins this Sunday, January 11 at 9:00 am at VO2Max with fearless leader, Jen Roach with the following training days:

Winter Training Schedule:

Sundays at 9:00 am from January 11 to February 22, 2015

Thursdays at 6:30 pm until May 5, 2015

Spring Training Schedule:

Mondays at 6:30 pm from March 1 to May 9, 2015

Thursdays at 6:30 pm until May 5, 2015

Race Day:

May Long Weekend

After the Zulu Challenge, keep training for Tough Mudder, held in Whistler, BC on June 20, 2015.  The Spring Training Schedule stays in effect.  An additional training package is available for the eight sessions. 

Please note: If you currently have a VO2Max contract membership, either 6 months or 12 months, enjoy reduced Zulu package pricing.   If you do NOT have a contract membership, regular pricing is available but it’s still a great deal at $15/session.  Monthly payment plan is available for both members and non-contract members.

Any questions, please feel free to call Jen Roach at 780.518.9050.

 

Zulu Challenge 2015

Winner, winner, winner announcement time!

Congratulations to Morgan Wardill who wins $1,000 in the 2014 Fall Fitness Challenge!

We had a tie for 2nd and 3rd place, too, which really makes us proud that so many of you worked really hard…and it paid off. Congratulations to Jessica Sodergren and Chris Veinot in second place, winning a one month unlimited yoga membership and eight week nutrition program. Lise Cote and Carly Clark tied for third and will four 30 min weigh-in nutrition sessions and a VO2Max shirt.

Well done, everyone, who finished the challenge!

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VO2Max’s New Year’s Membership Deal!

One Month Unlimited Class Combo – can be used for all yoga classes, all bootcamps, CrossFit On-Ramp and all CrossFit classes (once you complete On-Ramp). One time only. One month only.

$160 + gst for 30 days to fight off your Christmas flab! (Save $100 off regular Unlimited Combo Month Membership. (Haha…we’re just kidding about the flab part…we know you will all be eating clean during the holidays!)

Available for purchase: Today until January 31st.

Available for use: Starting any day after January 1st and all the way through to January 31st. You need to activate this membership by attending any class on or before January 31st.

Here’s the catch: Current contract members are exempt from this special offer but members with month-to-month memberships allowed and members with punch passes are allowed this incredible deal.

PS – Watch for some new bootcamps and On-Ramp classes in January!

‘Tis the season to give.

Please donate to our either of our Salvation Army families and Christmas Hamper until Friday, December 5.

If you choose a gift item, please cross it off the list and place it in the bin provided. All food items can be placed in the big tub.

Any donations AFTER December 7 will be taken to Sunrise House, the Youth Emergency Shelter.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and for caring our the less fortunate in our community!

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Hey, Fall Fitness Challengers…your time is closing in. How is everyone doing? Your weigh-out times are now available at the front desk. Sign up for Friday, December 12 between 2:30 – 8:00 pm. Your fitness testing is on Saturday, December 13.

We are so excited to see who wins $1,000…just in time for Christmas!

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‘Tis the season to give.

Please donate to our either of our Salvation Army families and Christmas Hamper until Friday, December 6.

If you choose a gift item, please cross it off the list and place it in the bin provided. All food items can be placed in the big tub.

Any donations AFTER December 7 will be taken to Sunrise House, the Youth Emergency Shelter.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and for caring our the less fortunate in our community!

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It’s PARTY season!

Please crash VO2Max’s Christmas party on Saturday, November 29th. Tickets available online (Mindbody app) or at the front desk for $15. “Normal” and Paleo Appies included during the evening. Drink tickets available at the party for $5 each.

There’s room for 100 of our closest friends so come celebrate the Christmas season and FIVE great years of VO2Max.

Any questions, please ask our front desk. We are looking forward to a super fun evening!

Christmas party clients 2014

Yoga - Believe Fit Member Appreciation Nov 2014 Christmas party clients 2014

VO2Max will be closed Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day

Gym Bag 2014

Coming to VO2Max….September 27 – 28

Olympic Lifting Workshop with Mike & Rachel

. Registration opens September 1 at 8 am. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity for learning!  Click below for more information.

https://www.facebook.com/events/279032605618979/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

 

 

Save this date – Thursday, August 28 at 1 pm. Tarik has forbidden us to give a going away party so come say good-bye to this special guy with a free farewell class.

Tarik's last class - Aug 2014

Opening Sept 2014

 

VO2Max will be closed on Monday, August 4 for the August Long Weekend, originally known as Heritage Day.

Courtesy of Wiki, here’s the history of one of our favourite summer weekends: In 1974 the Government of Alberta, acting through Minister of Culture Dr. Horst A. Schmid, declared the first Monday in August an annual holiday to recognize and celebrate the varied cultural heritage of Albertans, known as Heritage Day.

However it happened, we say, “Thanks Dr. Schmid.” Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

August Long Weekend

Moving September 2, 2014 to 10720 117 Avenue. 

 

Look how much fun our team had at the QEII Hospital Foundation’s bed race, held at Muskoseepi Park on July 1st at 3:00 pm. Huge thanks to Mike, Ashley, Jenn Y, Jen R and Carly for pushing the bed. We bet they’re happy they’ve been doing sled pushes all spring, especially when the wheel broke off the bed! (Photos courtesy of Daily Herald Tribune)

2014 Bed Race 1

 

VO2Max CLOSED Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It’s kind of a weird long weekend. It’s only a long weekend if you take Monday, June 30th off. Lucky for you, there’s no long weekend at VO2Max; just some random Tuesday off.

So, if you’re in town, come to VO2Max on Monday, June 30th. We are OPEN. We are CLOSED on Tuesday, July 1st.

Safe holidays to everyone heading out of town!

July Long Weekend Canada Day

The VO2Max baby has arrived!

The VO2Max family welcomes Brett and Janine’s son, BENTLEY ROBERT SHILLINGTON!  Bentley arrived at 9:21 pm on June 5, 2014, weighing 7 lbs 7 oz. Congratulations, Brett and Janine!

Brand new Bentley

Crossfit Kids Summer Camp

Just a reminder that regularly scheduled Crossfit Kids class only runs during the school year.  So before your kids announce, “I’m bored”, register them for CROSSFIT KIDS CAMP.

This summer, camps are available for 2 – one week sessions with two age groups: Junior and Senior.  Parents…we’ve conveniently scheduled the Junior Camp with 9 am Bootcamp and 10 am CrossFit.

 Registration is now open!  If neither of these weeks work for your family’s schedule, please feel free to leave your name at the desk.  If there is enough interest, we can add additional weeks of camp.

 

 

CrossFit Kids Camp Summer 2014

Welcome ANNIE ELIZABETH, daughter of Ron and Amanda! 

Annie arrived this morning, May 27, 2014 at 4:47, weighing 6lbs 15 oz. 

Congratulations, Coach Ron and Amanda!

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Congratulations 2014 Biggest Losers!

It’s been a great 12 weeks with the Biggest Losers!  Congratulations to both Ron’s Team and Tarik’s Team.  Christine is the 2014 winner and will be joining VO2Max with a one year membership!  Honourable mention goes to Richard, who was within 1% Christine’s score.

A special thanks to coaches, Ron and Tarik, ambassadors Kellie and Barb, Q99 staff and all the contestants!  You did awesome!  VO2Max looks forward to continuing along with you on your healthy journey.

2014 Big Loser - Team Tarik 2014 Big Loser - Team Ron

 

 

Hey VO2Max members, we believe we can have all THREE ambassadors for Believe Fit from VO2Max.  You are living the life! Apply soon…

Believe Fit Ambassador 2014

 

Don’t forget your donation for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.  Paul Sipek leaves for Prague next week.  Thanks for your support!
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2014/04/27/runner-takes-to-streets-of-prague-for-charity

Donate here: https://www.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1079510&lis=1&kntae1079510=F7C9E2750BCB4C498C29C12B5718AEA4&supId=0&team=5815344&cj=Y

2014 Q99 Biggest Losers Team Edition…

April 16, 2014 Weigh-In – week 7: 
The teams weighed in yesterday and it was SO close.  Team Ron edged out Team Tarik by only 3 pounds!  What’s 3 pounds when the teams have lost 248.3 pounds in seven weeks?  The top 4 contestants have …all lost between 24 and 33.5 lbs but it’s anybody’s game with 5 weeks left of the contest.
The Easter Bunny tempts all of us this weekend but you have an incredible support system to get through this long weekend feast.  Stay strong, everyone!
The next weigh-in is on April 30th.
April 9, 2014 Weigh-In – week 6: 
The Biggest Losers are half way through their challenge.  There was a weigh-in yesterday and Team Ron persevered with a team loss of 30 lbs.  Team Tarik had a team loss 15.8 lbs.
Although Team Ron is ahe…ad by one weigh-in, both teams are doing amazing!  The total percentage of pounds lost is very close.  Team Ron has lost 7.35% and Team Tarik has lost 6.36%.
Together, in six weeks, this incredible group has now lost 200.3 lbs.  That’s the equivalent of…one…entire…person.  Well done, everyone!
March 26, 2014 Weigh-In – week 4:
Q99’S Biggest Losers have weighed in today and this time it’s Team Tarik who have won!  Yay White Team!!!  Over the past 7 days, Team Tarik lost 14 lbs while Team Ron lost 10.  Next weigh-in happens in 2 weeks so good luck, contestants!!  It’s 1-1 now.
March 19, 2014 Weigh-In – week 3:
Biggest Loser’s First Weigh-In was today.  Congratulations to Team Ron who WON this week with a total weight loss of 59 lbs.  Team Tarik lost 55.5 lbs.  Poor Team Tarik…you will be getting your a$$ kicked on Saturday morning…but don’t worry…there are 7 more weigh-ins before the challenge is over.

 

Q99’S BIGGEST LOSER TEAM EDITION Our 4th year of Biggest Losers has just begun.  Congratulations to all who toughed out tryouts last weekend and to the final 12 contestants who made Ron’s team and Tarik’s team.  Over the next 3 months, the two lucky teams will train 3 times/week and have weigh-ins weekly.  The contest wraps up May 24, 2014.  Good luck, everyone.  (Please note: For those who didn’t make it onto one of the teams, please feel free to come to any of our bootcamps or beginner CrossFit Intro classes.  You are most welcome at VO2Max!)

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February Family Day Long Weekend 2014

Q99’s Biggest Loser is BACK with VO2Max!

VO2Max is so excited to participate in Q99’s Biggest Losers Team Edition. If you or you know someone who is ready to make a change in their life, visit Q99 to download an application. Training starts the first week in March and runs through to the end of May in a ‘team’ format.    Apply through Q99 until Friday, February 21, 2014.

http://www.q99live.com/grande_prairies_biggest_loser/

Infertility and Acupuncture

Congratulations to our acupuncturist, Kari Petterson, of To The Point Acupuncture, in recently completing her comprehensive course, The Treatment of Infertility.

In modern lifestyles, ‘assisted reproduction technology’ clinics are multiplying in response to a large and growing demand by couples unable to have children.   Success is limited and many women are looking towards Chinese medicine that offers a gentler and more holistic approach in addressing infertility.

If you have questions regarding infertility and treatment through acupuncture, please call Kari at 587.297.7043 or visit her website to book an appointment: www.tothepointacupuncture.ca

VO2Max’s HockeyFit returns for 2014

‘Priority registration’ (which is the complete 4 month summer package of dryland, 3 or 5 days a week, and on-ice sessions) will be offered during the month of February, with ‘month-to-month’ registration opening March 1st. Program maximum is 30 Bantam and Midget athletes so don’t miss out on this amazing summer of training! For more information or questions, please feel free to give Brett a call at 780.518.0469 or 780.978.7907

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eat clean chalk hoodies Jan 2013New Hoodies…just arrived!

 

First time ever…Buddy Training packages go on sale February 1 – 28, 2014. Save $200 on each package of 20. Share with spouse, special friend or training partner.

Valentines Buddy Training Feb 2014

 

 

VO2Max is going to Powder King!

Join us on Sunday, February 23, 2014 for a great day boarding/skiing at one of our favourite places. Sign up starting Monday, February 3. Bus ticket $35.00 + gst. Lift passes available at the hill.

Powder King Fun Bus

Bootcampers, here is a challenge just for you!
February 1 to March 15, 2014

Bootcamp Challenge Feb 2014

Crossfit Kids Announcement

Firebreathers

CrossFit Kids…bring a friend for free for January! If you have kids in grades 2 to 6, check out VO2Max’s CrossFit Kids. Starting next week, we are offering 3 days per week: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 4:15 pm with Kids’ Coach Carly. $10 drop-in and bring their friend along for free!

Zulu Challenge

How fun is this?!?! Personalized VO2Max Gym Bag.

$59.99 + gst. (Please pay at time of ordering.)

Gym Bag 2014

First time ever…Crossfit Fundamental Clinic at VO2Max. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. Register today. First clinic starts next Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

CrossFit Clinic 2014

Zulu Challenge

The Zulu Challenge, an obstacle course race being held at Nitehawk on May 10, 2014, is on everyone’s mind.  VO2Max is so fortunate to have 2 teams: VO2Max Attacks and VO2Maximum, with training beginning the week of January 20, 2014.

VO2Max Attacks will be lead by Jenn MacKinnon and targeted towards the more ‘hard-core’ individual, endurance runner or experienced obstacle course racer.  Training days will be Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and Saturdays at 9:00 am.  For those participating in Tough Mudder, training will continue for the rest of May and June.

VO2Maximum will be lead by Jen Roach and targeted towards the first time racer or those who need some gentle (or maybe not so gentle) encouragement to build up their strength and endurance.  Training will be Fridays at 7:00 or 7:30 pm, with one other weekday evening (to be determined).  Just because it’s a ‘beginner’ group, doesn’t mean you get slack off.  Be prepared to work hard!

Training packages will be released in the New Year but for now, go to the Zulu website and register.  Both teams have a 9:00 am start time on race day.

http://zuluchallenge.ca/

 

 

 

Ten Week Challenge is over…and Tammy Gould is going to Vegas with her $1,500 winnings! Congratulations, Tammy!

Congratulations to our second and third place winners, the husband and wife team of Andre and Monique Maisonneuve. They win $200 and $100 VO2Max dollars, respectively.

Tammy won with 66.5 points followed by Andre with 63 and Monique 61.5.

Twenty challengers weighed out last weekend and collectively lost 154 pounds, 57% of body fat, 130.5 inches off of four measurement sites. Who says challenges don’t work? You guys did awesome!

Ten Week Challenge 2013 winner Tammy Gould

 

 

 

CrossFit Red Deer sent us an exciting email today:

Just letting you know we (CrossFit Red Deer) are hosting a challenge on January 25th. Registration through our website at www.ignitefit.ca if you have anyone interested. 50 spots available and prizes for top three male and female in RX’d and scaled divisions.

Holiday Hours at VO2Max

Christmas hours 2013

Starting December 2, VO2Max will be collecting items for donation to Sunrise House, Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter.  (Clothing can be gently used.)  Christmas hurts for these kids but we can help.  Thank you for making their world a little brighter. www.sunrisehouse.ca

Sunrise House Christmas 2013

Class Schedule Changes for the Winter Challenge Throwdown weekend, November 29, 30 and December 1, 2013

On Saturday, November 30th, come watch the athletes compete at the County of Grande Prairie Sportsplex.  If you’re missing your workout, bring your gym gear.  Drop-in at their gym is only $15.  Plus, the lounge is open!  Haha!!!

Winter Challenge Throwdown CLOSED

Closed Monday, November 11th

for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Brett & Janine baby Oct 2013

Halloween at VO2Max

Halloween Mike

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  Our classes at VO2Max last Saturday were a huge success.  You, our awesome members, raised $950.25 for Breast Cancer.  THANK YOU!!!!

Halloween at VO2Max…yes, we know how to have fun!

To vote, drop by the front desk at VO2Max or find it on our Facebook page.

Crossfit VO2 Max Facebook

Halloween

Brrrrr…Winter’s coming.

Just a reminder that VO2Max has a warm sauna available.  Lots of health benefits plus you can share your sauna session with a friend…but no, no, no naked sauna-ing allowed!  Book your session at the front desk!

Infrared Sauna - Oct 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month at VO2Max

Boobie Bootcamp anyone?  WOD for a Cure?  Maybe dedicate your yoga practice to breast cancer?  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and VO2Max wants to help.  Donations in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will be accepted all month.  Join us on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 when all classes at VO2Max will be held in honour of those affected by breast cancer.  And don’t forget to wear your brightest PINK!  For more information about the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, please visit: http://www.cbcf.org/prairies/Pages/default.aspx

Breast Cancer Month Oct 2013

Workout for a Cure!

Workout for a Cure!  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at VO2Max, we want to help!  Donations for Breast Cancer will be accepted all month at VO2Max.

Please join us on Saturday, October 26, 2013.   All classes will be held in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness.  Donate and dedicate your yoga practice, bring your mum/sister/girlfriend to bootcamp or do a CrossFit WOD for cure.  And don’t forget to wear your brightest pink!

Watch for a poster and a donation box later this week!  Thanks, everyone for supporting this cause!!!

For more information about the Breast Cancer organization, please visit their link below:

http://www.cbcf.org/prairies/Pages/default.aspx

Closed for Thanksgiving Monday, October 14

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Announcing VO2Max’s Ten Week Fitness Challenge

Register now at the front desk.  The first 30 people registered will be entered to win a fabulous drawprize.  For more information, please feel free to contact Jenn MacKinnon at 780.933.1727.

Jenn's CHALLENGE Sept 2013

Coming to VO2Max…Acro Yoga Workshow – October 26-27, 2013

Acro Yoga Poster Grande Prairie Workshop Oct 2013

 

So…to kick off September’s awesome schedule (posted soon) ‘Yoga with Janine’ THIS Saturday, August 31 at 8 am. Janine’s told some of you it’s at 8:30 am but it’s at 8:00 am.

VO2Max will be closed on Monday, September 2 for Labour Day.  Have a great long weekend!

Labour Day

CrossFit Teens – NEW Format Fall 2013 starting September 16

Hey VO2Max Teens,

Your CrossFit Teen training will be changing September 16.  New this fall, you can now register for your teen classes.

3 months of training. 4 days a week. Teen Throwdown in December.

You can now register for 3 monthly sessions of CrossFit Teens.  The first monthly session begins on September 16 with training days on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 4 pm. Cost is $120.00 + gst per month, with pre-authorized payments set up for September 16, October 16 and November 16.  At the end of 12 weeks of training, you will have your own Teen Throwdown.  You can sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 monthly sessions.

Not able to come to CrossFit Teens all the time?  Not a problem.  A $10.00 drop-in is still available all fall.  Perfect for the first 2 weeks in September, for those teens with other commitments or new teens coming to class.

Registration forms available at the front desk or with Ron. For more information about CrossFit Teens, please talk to Coach Ron or give him a call at 780.512.1390.

Just a little heads up about next weekend.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but VO2MAX will be closed on Saturday, August 24 for a Crossfit Gymnastic certification.  Just imagine what your coaches will be bringing back to your classes….

CrossFit Gymnastics Aug 24-25 2013 CLOSED

Closed Monday, August 5th for the August Long Weekend

August Long Weekend

Spanx for now.  VO2Max forever.

Spanx summer 2013

Ever wanted to know exactly what to buy for groceries, what recipes to cook from and what to eat for 6 meals a day?  We have this one covered. Jenn Mac’s Paleo meal plan special has been extended for the summer. Stop fighting with your food!

Paleo Meal Plans Summer 2013

Summer Acupuncture Special

VO2Max members receive FREE consultation with first acupuncture treatment

To The Point Acupuncture Summer Special 2013

 

Congratulations to Jenn MacKinnon who recently passed (not just passed it, but super passed it, we might add) her ISSA Fitness/Exercise Therapy Certification

This new certification Jenn has received gives her a specific skillset to work with individuals with medical conditions and those who require special care while exercising.

Jenn is able to craft specifically designed Post-Rehab Orthopedic Exercises such as:

  • Therapeutic Flexibility
  • Stress Management
  • Industrial Fitness/Workers Compensation
  • Avoiding Injury Recurrence
  • Drug Interaction With Exercise
  • Sports Medicine and Health Care

She has also learned to work with and develop exercise programs for individuals suffering from:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac Problems
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Cancer Wellness
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Post Menopause

If you have been hesitant to resume your workouts after an injury or if you have an ongoing medical condition, please give Jenn Mac a call at 780.933.1727 to set up a consultation.

VO2Max will be closed on Monday, July 1st for

Canada’s favourite holiday!

July Long Weekend Canada Day

Summer is officially here.  The CrossFit VO2Max Summer Throwdown Returns.

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Crossfit Gymnastic Certification

ANNOUNCING: Crossfit Gymnastic Trainer Course to be held at VO2Max on August 24-25, 2013.  Register on link below.  This Crossfit certification is for trainers, coaches, and the CrossFitter looking to take their gymnastic skills to the next level.

www.regonline.com/GymGrandePrairieABAug2013

CrossFit Gymnastics Aug 24-25 2013

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Congratulations to KAREN JOHNSON on her 2nd anniversary at VO2Max. Here’s a super fun picture of Karen and her training buddies! She emailed us this morning (June  7, 2013) and agreed to share her comments. What we have to say is THANK YOU, Karen, for all you’ve brought into VO2Max – your volunteering, your enthusiasm and your encouragement to others! Here’s to many more great training years…

“Just a quick thanks to everyone at VO2 for another great year (my 2-yr anniversary was last month – and of course last year I was not so great, but you all were, haha!). I loved getting to play with the new toys like the airdyne and new racks, and try axle cleans! (Next thing I am dying to try – “squat jerks” or “power jerks” – I expect to fall down!) Helping with the winter throwdown and the Open was so much fun. I still love coming to VO2 – you are all fantastic – sharing the expertise, making the classes fun, welcoming the clients, managing the spaces when the gym is crowded. Anyway, thanks again. ” – Karen Johnson

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JUNE SPECIAL – Paleo meal plans. Book in with Jenn MacKinnon for one or two week customized Paleo meal plans. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn about Paleo or to get your eating back on track. It doesn’t get easier than this!

Paleo Meal Plans June 2013

FREE Yoga in the Park with Jen Roach – starts Monday, June 3 at 7:15 pm

Yoga in the Park June 2013

Book your sauna appointment now…packages available.

Single 30 minute session $20.00 + gst
Package of 10 – 30 minute sessions $180.00 + gst ($18.00/30 minutes)
Package of 20 – 30 minute sessions $300.00 + gst ($15.00/30 minutes)

Infrared Sauna - April 2013

Yay yay yay…Kids Camp is back for 2013 with Carly!  Registration opens May 1st and this summer, your kids gets 4 weeks of fun.  Make sure you book your summer holidays around these sessions so your kids don’t miss out!

CrossFit Kids Camp Summer 2013

Just a reminder that the studio will be CLOSED next Saturday, April 20th for the Varbanov course.

Sorry, everyone…now you have to go for a run or to Zumba or something!  Haha!

Varbanov April 2013 - closed

2013 Q99 Biggest Loser contest is over….and the winner is….BARB VERHAEGHE!

Between January 30 and March 23, 2013, Barb lost 51 pounds, 20 inches and 16.5% body fat. Among some other great sponsor prizes, Barb wins a ONE YEAR membership at VO2Max. Congratulations to all the other Biggest Losers who worked so hard over the past 2 months and thank you to Ron and Jen for being their amazing trainer/coach. Well done, everyone!

Biggest Losers 2013

 

Get your team and get ready for a FUN Throwdown.  Registration opens April 1st.

Charity Team Throwdown May 2013

On Easter weekend, VO2Max will be CLOSED Friday, March 29th but we will be OPEN on Monday, April 1st.

Easter

Stop Being a Yo-Yo

Presentation held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, 7:00 pm at the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre, Grande Prairie Regional College, 10726-106 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB     www.drsharma.ca

Dr Sharma Show Grande Prairie Poster March 2013

A BIG congratulations to our 2013 30 Day Paleo Challenge Winners! We had one late weigh-in today, so that actually makes 32 finishers and together you lost a whopping 200 lbs and 254″. Well done, you guys!!!

So, tahdah….the winners:

FIRST PLACE: Riz Suleman lost 20.5 lbs and 14.5″, winning $300 in VO2Max money and a new hoodie
SECOND PLACE: Jesse Rosselle lost 17 lbs and 9″, winning $150 in VO2Max money and a new hoodie
THIRD PLACE: Amanda Roessler lost 11.5 lbs and 11″, winning a new hoodie
HONORABLE MENTION: Kari Cartwright lost 11.5 lbs and 10.25″, winning a great big hug and high five

But in reality, all of you are winners, even the ones who didn’t finish the challenge. If you made even a small change to make yourself feel better, have more energy, eat cleaner, workout harder…you win! Diet is a noun and not a verb. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice…one step at a time. Great job, everyone!

PS – Pictures and weigh in sheets will be available for pick up after the long weekend.

Paleo Challenge winner Feb 2013

Personal Trainer Evaluation – February 2013  

If you personal train or train with a buddy, can you take a few minutes to fill out an evaluation?   Where does your personal trainer shine? What could they change up?  Are they always happy to see you?  On time?  HaveB.O. or bad breath?  We want to hear EVERYTHING and this is your chance to provide honest, anonymous feedback.

Forms can be picked up at the front desk or if you’d like one emailed to you, please ask at: info@crossfitvo2max.com, Attn: Personal Trainer Evaluation form

Thank you for taking the time to complete the evaluation.   We appreciate it!

Trainer evaluation sign

Family Day

Attention Hockey Kids and Parents…

What are you doing this summer?

Guaranteed small groups. Advanced and Elite off-ice training group are maximum of six athletes. Pre-authorized monthly payments available. For more information, please contact Brett at 780.978.7907 or Mark at 780.512.3931.

HockeyFit 2013

There is a lot going on at VO2Max for January 2013.  In order to keep it all straight, we made you a chart so you don’t miss out on anything.  For more information, please check out the posters on our whiteboard by the front desk or talk to our staff.

Bring a Friend for FREE

If your friend has NEVER had a membership, they can come with you for FREE.  Grab one of the FREE membership cards at the front desk.

Varbanov is coming to VO2Max on April 20-21, 2013.  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience one of the best weightlifting courses in Canada.  Register on-line at: varbanovgrandprairie.eventbee.com.  For more information, please visit their website: varbanovschool.com or talk to ‘Fitness Ronnie’ right here at VO2Max.

 

Mike Kesthely, with Dynamic Nutrition, is coming to VO2Max for a one day special nutrition seminar on February 2, 2013.  $50.00 + gst. Register at the front desk.

How about a trip to Lloydminster during the February Long Weekend?

We need 10 people in this certification for it to run. Did you forget to put it on your Christmas list? If you want to come to it, please register soon!

30 Day Paleo Challenge Returns January 14 to February 14, 2013

Wednesday, December 19 Special Anniversary WOD

In honour of PJ’s 1 year anniversary, VO2Max will be doing a Special Anniversary WOD for him on December 19th. Most of you know PJ and are familiar with his journey. From 420 lbs in September 2011 to his first workout at VO2Max in December 2011 to his continued dedication of weight loss and getting healthy, PJ will be weighing in on December 18th and this weight loss number will be used in the Anniversary WOD. Plus, PJ (along with VO2Max) will be donating $5 per pound loss to a local children’s charity.

PJ, with his positive attitude and generous nature, has motivated us many times during this past year. On December 19th, join PJ at the 9:30 am class and if you can’t come at 9:30, know that the WOD this day is honour of his journey and his making a difference in our VO2Max family.

Hohoho…limited quantity Christmas Gift Certificates are available December 1st. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

For your VO2Max fan…Christmas shopping done! How easy is that?!?

Here’s another weight-loss success story. We love our members and we love sharing their success with you!

 

Please support Nathan Mervyn supporting Operation Christmas Child on Saturday, November 10th. He will be doing a special WOD at 11 am and 12 pm (between the classes). Your classes will start a few minutes late, but once you meet Nathan, it will be so worth it. We promise!

***In following up with Nathan, he raised $943.50 last weekend!  Thank you, VO2Max members for your generous support!

 

Don’t miss a pretty special day, happening at VO2Max next Saturday, November 10th, as we dedicate our classes to the White Ribbon Campaign. Take a stand to end violence against women.

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS DAY – NOVEMBER 9, 2012

VO2Max will be participating in the Random Act of Kindness Day on November 9th so watch out.  We are going to be so kind and so random!  Thanks to the Community Foundation for spearheading this super cool day.  For more information, please visit their Facebook page:  Community Foundation of Greater Grande Prairie Kindness Meter

 

 

Announcing the Winners of the 30 Day Paleo Challenge

Drum roll, please! Congratulations to our top three 30 Day Paleo Challenge winners. In 3rd place, Janet Ramsey who lost 16 lbs and 12.5 inches, winning three personal training session. In 2nd place, Wes Wilson who lost 17 lbs and 5 inches, winning five personal training sessions. And finally, in FIRST place, Braden Dalgleish who lost 23 lbs and 13 inches. Braden wins ten personal training sessions. These three participants had amazing food logs and workouts throughout the past month. And a BIG congratulations to ALL of you who perservered! Of the 52 individuals who weighed out, you collectively lost 349 lbs and 318 inches…in only 30 days! Can you imagine the results if we did a 90 day challenge? Well done, everyone!!!

PS – We have your measurements, food logs and pictures to give to you.  Please ask at the front desk.

 

The prize just got bigger and with that, a special thank you to our sponsors!  Until we get a link posted, please email us for a registration form: info@crossfitvo2max.com, Attn: Sonya or drop into the studio.  Sorry we did not get online registration done in time.  Our strength is in the gym, not in the website!  (Haha!  Okay, but seriously, we are working on getting the registration form posted.)

VO2Max is taking a stand to end violence against women.

 At V02Max, we support a healthy lifestyle which includes positive and enriching relationships. We are choosing to support our local White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) in an effort to work to end violence against women in all its forms.

 The WRC is an international campaign that works to engage men and boys to end violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Wearing a white ribbon is a way of saying, “Our future has no violence against women.”

What can I do?

BELIEVE This issue is real. Believe victims’ experiences. Your support will make a difference. No one asks for or deserves to be the victim or physical, emotional, or sexual violence.

TRUST YOUR GUT Don’t ignore harassment or an assault on the street or anywhere: assess the risk, then intervene and confront or defuse the situation. If you need to, ask for help. Call 911. 

OFFER SUPPORT Ask if you can help people who have experienced violence and connect them to support services (In Grande Prairie: Odyssey House, Victim’s Services, PACE).

IT STARTS WITH YOU Lead by example. Question your own attitudes and behaviours and how they may disrespect or harm women. Sexist language and street harassment all contribute to a culture of violence.

IT STAYS WITH HIM Be a role model. Talk to your family, friends and co-workers about the roles they can play in ending violence against women. Challenge men and young men in your life to make a difference!

LEARN MORE. GET INVOLVED Visit http://www.whiteribbon.ca/ for more information.

WEAR A WHITE RIBBON!  

Please join VO2MAX November 5th to 10th as we support the White Ribbon Campaign.   And to wrap up our week of awareness, we will dedicate our Saturday classes on November 10th to the WRC. Thank you for your involvement in this cause.   

      Your Awesome Team at VO2Max –

Winter Challenge Throwdown at VO2Max

TAH…DAH…..Announcing our 2nd Annual Winter Challenge Throwdown, November 23-25, 2012. And guess what? $1,000 prize for top RX male and RX female! Holy crap!!!

Registration opens on Tuesday, October 9.

Total number of registered athletes will be 50 men and 50 women, which will include a maximum of 24 scaled men and 24 scaled women. If we do not reach 26 RX athletes, then the remaining spots will be offered to ‘wait-listed’ scaled athletes.

Basically, to avoid being wait-listed, register early.

Workouts will NOT be pre-released. So, how do you know if you should register RX or scaled? If you do most of your regular WODs RX, then register RX.

If you have a favourite CrossFit box outside of Grande Prairie, please let them know. Don’t let anyone miss out on a this kick-ass weekend!

FREE Personal Training Session Week 9: Winner Lindsay Krisa

Summer is over and we are sad!  Thank you to everyone who participated in our draw for a FREE Personal Training session with one of our amazing trainers.  We wrapped up this morning for week nine, our final winner is: LINDSAY KRISA. Congratulations, Lindsay.  (If the name sounds familiar, Lindsay’s mum won 2 weeks ago.)  Have fun, Lindsay!

FREE Personal Training Session Week 8: Winner Julie Westerson

Congratulations, Julie, you win one personal training session with Brett! Our weekly draw continues all summer so CrossFitters and Bootcampers, remember to put your name in the draw for every class you attend. The more classes you attend, the more chance you have to win. The final draw is tomorrow…Friday, August 31st. Win one session with JANINE!!!

FREE Personal Training Session Week 7: Winner Annette Krisa

Congratulations, Annette, you win one personal training session with Ron Turner! Our weekly draw continues all summer so CrossFitters and Bootcampers, remember to put your name in the draw for every class you attend. The more classes you attend, the more chance you have to win. Next up…Week 8: Win one session with Brett!

Summer eating out of control?  Clean it up! 

We will have rules and details to follow shortly. 

FREE Personal Training Session Week 6: Winner Larisa Steigenberger

Congratulations, Larisa, you win one personal training session with Jenn MacKinnon! Our weekly draw continues all summer so CrossFitters and Bootcampers, remember to put your name in the draw for every class you attend. The more classes you attend, the more chance you have to win. Next up…Week 7: Win one session with Coach Ronnie! Happy Friday, everyone!!!

FREE Personal Training Session Week 5: Winner Debra Chrenek

Congratulations, Deb, you win one personal training session with Tanya! Our weekly draw continues all summer so CrossFitters and Bootcampers, remember to put your name in the draw for every class you attend. The more classes you attend, the more chance you have to win. Next up…Week 6: Win one session with Jenn MacKinnon! Happy Friday, everyone!!!

NEW YOGA CLASSES – SEPTEMBER 2012

Congratulations to Renee Little, our Registered Dietitian, who is starting her yoga practice in September.  Classes will be held at the Northwest Wellness Centre (downtown).  Drop-in available and suitable for beginner to intermediate levels. 

FREE Personal Training Session Week 4: Winner Rene Cook.

Congratulations, Rene, you win one personal training session with Michael! Our weekly draw continues all summer so CrossFitters and Bootcampers, remember to put your name in the draw for every class you attend. The more classes you attend, the more chance you have to win. Next up…Week 5: Win one session with Tanya! Happy Friday, everyone!!!

Grande Prairie Firefighters 2013 Firefighter Calendar

Arriving today…get your tickets early!

Okay, ladies here you go…  Starting Friday July 20th at 12:00 pm, tickets for the September 15th Firefighter Calendar Launch Event at the Lions Den will be available at VO2 Max or from the calendar models (aka the hot firemen who are actually in the calendar).  The Schedule for the night is as follows: 6:00 pm: Cocktails  7:00 pm: A Served 3 course Dinner, including a glass of house wine.  8:00 – 9:30 pm: Calendar Launch Event featuring the 2013 Fireifghter Calendar models.  9:30 pm: Firefighter meet and greet. Tickets are $40 each and can be paid for by cash or cheque. Tickets are limited so get yours early!!!

FREE Personal Training Session Week 3: Winner KATRINA MUNGALL. Congratulations, Katrina, you win one personal training session with Jessica! Our weekly draw continues all summer so CrossFitters and Bootcampers, remember to put your name in the draw for every class you attend. The more classes you attend, the more chance you have to win. Next up…Week 4: Win one session with Michael! Happy Friday, everyone!!!

FREE Personal Training Session Week 2: Winner MANDY VANDRESAR. Congratulations, Mandy, you win one personal training session with Jen Roach! Our weekly draw continues all summer so CrossFitters and Bootcampers, remember to put your name in the draw for every class you attend. The more classes you attend, the more chance you have to win. Next up…Week 3: Win one session with Jessica! Happy Friday, everyone!!!

NEW TRAINER AT VO2MAX

This week you might notice a new face around VO2Max.  We are excited to welcome MICHAEL SHEEHAN to our team of amazing trainers.  Michael attended GPRC and graduated in the Fitness Leadership Program.  He is a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer and has been training clients for the past couple years.  Michael will be specializing in individual client training and sport specific training for athletes.  Give us a call to book your appointment while Michael still has early morning and evening availability!

VO2Max is excited to welcome our NEW Registered Massage Therapist, Vicky Iadarola, of Comprehensive Therapeutic Massage.

Vicky grew up in the Grande Prairie area and completed the three year program at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, graduating in January 2012.  She specializes in Myofacial Release, Joint Mobilization, Muscle Energy Techniques (MET), Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), Craniosacral Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue and Lymph Drainage.   In less technical terms, Vicky works to facilitate the healing process, aid in rehabilitation from old injuries, as well as preventing further injury from occurring.  She believes that everyone can experience the benefits of massage therapy no matter what stage of life they are in.  One of her goals is to help incorporate massage into her clients’ lives as part of their healthy lifestyle.

Vicky will be massaging Monday to Friday, with occasional evening and Saturday appointments available.

Give us a call at 780.518.0469 to book your appointment with Vicky.  Do it quick while there is no wait list and lots of availability!!!

Register ASAP for VO2Max’s CrossFit Kids, Little Kids and Teen Camp on July 23-27

Off the Grid Adventure Race

September 29, 2012 

Get this on your calendar and get registered and then get ready for some fun!

Summer Special for Bootcampers and CrossFitters – July 1 to August 31

Hey, Bootcampers and CrossFitters, want a FREE  personal training?   Beginning July 1st, each week VO2Max will feature a FREE session from one of our amazing personal trainers.  Every time you come to a class, enter to win a FREE personal training session and on Fridays, we will draw one lucky name.  The more classes you attend, the more chances you have to win.

Happy Summer, from VO2Max

Did you donate to Relay for Life (Team Fighting Down Under)  and get a pair of Merino wool socks? Then this thank you is for you!  The team just let us know that VO2Max’s members donated $835 towards cancer by purchasing a pair of their awesome socks!  The team participated in Grande Prairie’s Relay for Life on June 8th and head off to Whitecourt this weekend for their second relay.  In tota,l their team has raised approximately $23,000 toward the fight against cancer.  Thank you for being a part of it!

Summer Challenge Mini Throwdown – What a Success!

Thanks to all our athletes who participated on Saturday, June 16th.  You rocked those crazy WODs and well done, everyone!  A special thank you our volunteers.  We couldn’t do anything without you!  Here are the results:

Check out the video from the 2011 Calgary Spartan Race.  Looks like some crazy fun! YouTube Preview Image

Team Fighting Down Under is “socking it” to cancer.  Please help support their team by making a donation and receiving a free pair of merino wool socks (retail value of $30).  ALL proceeds go towards Canadian Cancer Society.  We have 100 pair of socks arriving at VO2Max this week.  Want to help?

Off the Grid Adventure Race 2012 poster

We apologize that our phones are not working properly.  You may not get through and if you do, you may get cut off.  Keep trying or call Brett 780.978.7907 and leave a message.  Alternatively, you may email us at: info@crossfitvo2max.com or Facebook us: Crossfit VO2 Max.  We will get back to you!

The repair is on June 11th so thank you for your patience.

Congratulations to Tri-Fitness Grande Prairie

Our Tri-Fit team of 10 women and 1 man competed at St. Pete’s Beach, Florida over May Long Weekend.  This is the 3rd competition for VO2Max’s team.  Official results have not been posted yet, but we’ve heard of some great performances from our team.  Watch their website: trifitnesschallenge.com for the official update and pictures.   Way to put the OTHER Grande Prairie on the map!   In the meantime, I leave you with this amazing picture of Janine, along with Megan Green and Alyssa Krissa, leaving a wake in CrossFit Miami.

 

 

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